'''Jeremy Bentham''' (; 15 February 1748 [O.S. 4 February 1747]
– 6 June 1832) was an English philosopher
, and social reformer
. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism
Bentham defined as the "fundamental axiom" of his philosophy the principle that "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong".
He became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law
, and a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism
. He advocated individual freedom|individual
and economic freedom
, the separation of church and state
, freedom of expression
, equal rights for women, the right to divorce, and the decriminalising of homosexual acts.
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